Thin Thin Soe, who is 24, lives with her family in Sit Kone village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. She finished Grade 8 at her village school and then decided to leave school to help her family grow winter crops. Because CWS has been working with many of her family’s neighbors in Sit Kone, Thin Thin heard about CWS support for water, sanitation and hygiene improvements in the village. But it wasn’t until last December, when she heard about Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction activities introduced by CWS and the Sit Kone village leader that she became interested to learn more about coping with the more and more frequent disaster incidents – flooding, fires, more severe storms than ever before – in most villages near her own and across Maubin Township. She decided she wanted to be part of the First Aid and Search and Rescue sub-committees, and she joined the village mapping and mitigation planning exercises in mid-2018.
Reflecting on the 7-day First Aid and Search and Rescue education and training workshop she had joined, Thin Thin said, “I feel so good to have learned both theory and practice. It was my first time learning such important, practical knowledge for our life. Now, I am confident that I will be able to help other people by using my First Aid knowledge and skills in emergencies.” Not wanting to wait for an emergency to share her newfound knowledge and skills, Thin Thin immediately reached out to her neighbors, so they could learn the basics, too. Thin Thin says she will continue to pass on her knowledge to others and to join CWS teaching-learning-sharing activities in the future, and she ended her chat with CWS staff saying, “Thanks for giving this great opportunity – to learn and prepare to protect ourselves better – to me and my people.”
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